Board of Directors

The Willamalane Board of Directors is composed of five volunteer members elected by Springfield registered voters.  Each board member serves a four-year, “at large” (serves an entire area rather than a specific area) term of office.

To contact the Board, please send an email to   Please note, emails sent to elected officials are considered public records.
Click here to view board meeting information

2021 Special District Election
On May 18, 2021, an election in Lane County will be held to elect board members for three positions on the Willamalane Park and Recreation District Board of Directors. Open positions include:
  • Director, At-large Position 1       4-year term
  • Director, At-large Position 2       4-year term
  • Director, At-large Position 3       4-year term
Terms of office are four years spanning July 1, 2021-June 30, 2025. At-large positions are elected officials that serve the entire Willamalane district rather than a specific area.

The Role and Responsibilities of Willamalane's Board Members
Willamalane Park and Recreation District is a special tax district which was formed to administer park and recreation services within Springfield, Oregon. The Board is designated as the governing body for the district and has legislative and administrative authority. The Board also sets policy which provides direction for all Willamalane staff.
  • The Board is made up of five members elected by voters who must reside within the district boundaries of Springfield, Oregon. Click here to determine if you live in-district.
  • Board members set district policy and oversee the annual budget for Willamalane.
  • Individual board members do not have the authority to act on behalf of the district as individuals, only as members of the greater Board of Directors.
  • Public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Interested in Running?
If you think you're a fit for the Willamalane Board, you can file to run with Lane County using this application:  SEL 190 Candidate Filing District form.

Dates to Remember
02/08/21 - First day to file candidacy forms
03/18/21 - Last day to file candidacy forms, by 5:00 p.m.
03/22/21 - Submission deadline for Voter's Pamphlet
04/27/21 - Last day to register to vote
04/28/21 - First day to mail ballots
05/04/21 - Last day to mail ballots
05/18/21 - Election Day

Contact Information
Willamalane Park and Recreation District:  Jo Schutte, Executive Assistant -
Lane County Elections:  Lane County Elections website.


Public Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Public board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month (no meeting in August) and work sessions are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, as needed.   Meetings and work sessions begin at 6 pm virtually until further notice.  All meetings and work sessions are fully accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Please call (541) 736-4002 to make arrangements.    

Upcoming Board Meetings & Work Sessions

Date Location Time
March 10, 2021 Virtual Only-Click here to join the meeting     6 p.m.
April 14, 2021 Virtual Only-Click here to join the meeting  6 p.m.
May 12, 2021    6 p.m.
June 9, 2021    6 p.m.


Meet the Board of Directors

Portrait of man with gray hair, his name is Greg JamesPresident Greg James (Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023)  was appointed to the board in 2003. Greg was born in Springfield and prides himself on being a multi-generational Springfield citizen. Greg attended Springfield High School, Lane Community College, Portland Community College, and Linfield College and holds his Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) professional certification. Besides serving as the longest-standing member of the Willamalane Board, Greg serves/has served on many local boards and committees including; Lane Council of Governments Board of Directors; Lane Council of Governments Executive Committee; Springfield Planning Commission 2010-2018; Springfield Development Code Update Project Technical Advisory Committee; Springfield Development Advisory Committee; Springfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Springfield Tomorrow Committee Chairperson 2005. He enjoys playing guitar and taking bicycle rides and hikes along the wonderful Willamalane paths/trails with his wife Brenda, two grown children and their spouses, and three young grandchildren. Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023.

board-directors-denise-beanVice President Denise Bean (Term: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021)  joined the board in 2011. Denise first came to Springfield in 1969 and as a child, she enjoyed many of the Willamalane programs including 4th-grade swim lessons.  She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and opened her business, Bean Counter Tax Services in Springfield in 1990.  In 2014 Denise was awarded “Business Person of the Year” at the Springfield Chamber Awards Banquet.  Denise has served Springfield as a Planning Commissioner, Board Member of the Springfield Renaissance Development Corporation, the Main Street Design Committee,  the Willamalane Budget Committee, Springfield Rotary, Past President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce Greeters, as well as a past treasurer of Thurston Elementry PTA, and past Board Member of Oregon Society of Enrolled Agents (IRS).  In 2010 Denise worked with a group of outstanding citizens to start Springfield City Club because she believes informed, involved citizens create a healthy vibrant community.  Denise enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and grown children Jacob and Olivia.  In addition to Willamalane, her passions are leading hikes with our local Obsidian Hiking Club, playing her piano, and traveling the world. Term: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023.

board-directors-lee-beyerDirector Lee Beyer (Term July 1, 2017-June 30, 2021) was elected to the board in 2005. He moved to Springfield from Nebraska when he was 16 years old.  He graduated from Springfield High School and the University of Oregon with a BS in Management. Lee has served as a Springfield City Councilor and currently serves as Springfield's state senator. He enjoys walking, biking, reading, and watching movies. Lee and his wife, Terry, have three adult children.

board-directors-chris-wigDirector Chris Wig (Term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2023) was elected to the Willamalane Board in 2019. He works at Emergence Addiction and Behavioral Therapies, where he serves as the Director of the Focus Treatment Court program and is licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) and Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). He received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Chris and his fiance Celine love living in Springfield, and on the weekends you can find them enjoying coffee at the Washburne Cafe or walking Willamalane's 29 miles of paths and trails.

board-directors-renee-jonesDirector Renee Jones (Term July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021) was elected to the board in 2019. She grew up in Eugene and received degrees from North Eugene High School and Lane Community College.  She has served on the Willamalane Park Foundation, the Willamalane Budget Committee, the LCC English as a Second Language Advisory Board, the SMART Reading Advisory Board, and the BRING Home and Garden Tour planning committee.  Renee and her husband Scott have four adult children and two dogs and enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors.


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